The Bottom Line: I wouldn't really recommend the book to read. Just read this review, and start thinking of ways that you can save time.
Sometimes in life great people buy horrible things for people for their birthdays. I unfortunately was one of these people that had to experience a potentially horrible gift. Apparently one of my very good friends who knows how much I love to read and learn thought that I needed to find a way to make my life much more productive than it currently is. I guess I just don't accomplish enough as a single parent in a standard day working full time, and working on my Master's Degree. I guess I need to find a way to better organize so that I can do even more to fulfill my virtually worthless existance. And apparently a little book called Lifehacker by Gina Trapani was the method by which I would accomplish this.
Concept The basic idea behind this book is that we have so many different things that we do on a regular basis that could be done much more efficiently if we would just think about them in terms of how they could be done using technology to make it easier. Rather than just doing everything the standard way that we are used to doing it, we should take advantage of everything that we have at our disposal to make our tasks and chores throughout the day that much easier.
The author talks about how we could automate a large majority of our most mundane tasks. For example, rather than hand typing each and every email that we send out, we should create templates for different scenarios. This of course would allow us to just copy, paste, and send in a lot less time than it would take for us to actually type it all out by hand. This of course could lead to a substantial time savings if you send emails on a regular basis.
The author talks about eliminating time from the process of doing things as well. For example, rather than having to go home to get your resume off of your computer, you should keep all important files, especially ones such as resumes, records and the like on a flash drive so that you can quickly insert it into any computer to pull up what you need when you need it. This could save a lot of times from making trips around your office or to your house. It will also make it easier for someone to give you files that you need as you'll have that flash drive available to quickly save files to.
The book is just a great way of showing that we definitely waste a lot more time than we really need to accomplishing the majority of tasks that we do in life and that there are a lot easier ways to do most everything. In fact, I found that after reading the book, I was a lot more efficient and constantly began thinking of ways to save time and really utilize everything at my disposal for my benefit.
Quality of Writing The book is extremely well written and simplistic. It isn't written to win awards, it is written to make money for the author and that is quite obvious. There obviously wasn't any real passion put into the book, but it does serve it's purpose and I think that is what really matters for this particular type of book. I would say that virtually anyone can understand the book, regardless of their age and education level. Very simple read.
Overall I would say that this is a good book for what it is. The book serves it's purpose and little else. It does get you thinking, but other than that, most of the concepts that are discussed are extremely obvious, even though many of them are things that we just don't think about on a regular basis. I do feel that there are a lot of people that could benefit from this, but I think most of the concepts discussed in the book are simplistic at best.
As for a recommendation, I really don't stand against or for this book. I personally had some benefit as it got me thinking about my general productivity, but actual knowledge gained was minimal if any at all. I would say that just by reading this review your mind is now thinking of ways to save time and you didn't have to read the book in order to accomplish that, you just needed the idea of saving time and the desire to save time, not actual guidance for it.
All right, it might be a *bit* strong to say this book changed my life, but it is undeniably true that it -- and the website associated with it -- have led to some important modifications in the way I work. And that's very close to the same thing. If you are content with the factory settings your computer was delivered with, it might not be evident to you why this book can have such an impact. But if you like playing around with your technology and adapting it to your own … more
This is a book I've been looking forward to reading for awhile, and I wasn't disappointed... Lifehacker: 88 Tech Tricks to Turbocharge Your Day by Gina Trapani. You should see the number of post-it notes I already have in my copy... Contents: Free Up Mental RAM; Firewall Your Attention; Automate Repetitive Tasks; Streamline Common Tasks; Get Your Data To Go; Control Your Email; Organize Your Stuff; Kickstart Your Productivity; Master The Web; Tune Your Computer; … more
Redefine your personal productivity by tweaking, modding, mashing up, and repurposing Web apps, desktop software, and common everyday objects. The 88 "life hacks" -- clever shortcuts and lesser-known, faster ways to complete a task -- in this book are some of the best in Lifehacker.com's online archive. Every chapter describes an overarching lifehacker principle, then segues into several concrete applications. Each hack includes a step-by-step how-to for setting up and using the solution with cross-platform software, detailed screen shots, and sidebars with additional tips. Order your copy today and increase your productivity!